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Famous Anticipation Quotes

There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it. Alfred Hitchcock

Of all the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting. Khaled Hosseini

The most important thing you learn as a sports photographer is anticipation not where the action is taking place, but where it’s going to take place. Not where the subject is now, but where they’re going to be. Lawrence Schiller

Well, said Pooh, what I like best, and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called. A. A. Milne

As Daddy said, life is 95 percent anticipation. Gloria Swanson

Oh the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning est winner of all. Dr. Seuss

Nobody knows what anticipation is anymore. Everything is so immediate. Joan Jett

The pleasure isn’t in doing the thing, the pleasure is in planning it. John Green

If pleasures are greatest in anticipation, just remember that this is also true of trouble. Elbert Hubbard

Never forget that anticipation is an important part of life. Work’s important, family’s important, but without excitement, you have nothing. You’re cheating yourself if you refuse to enjoy what’s coming. Nicholas Sparks

Why, for example, do the great writers use anticipation instead of surprise? Because surprise is merely an instrument of the unusual, whereas anticipation of a consequence enlarges our understanding of what is happening. Roger Rosenblatt

The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting. Andy Warhol

To do justice to a lifelong dream of being a writer, I must give it the intense concentration and focus I gave to track. To do both with excellence is not possible. It is with a sense of sadness and joyous anticipation that I leave track and move on. Florence Griffith Joyner

If you come at four in the afternoon, I’ll begin to be happy by three. Antoine de Saint Exupéry

We look forward with great anticipation to see the course that the National Space Council charts for America’s future in space. Bruce Pittman

He ran his finger along my jawline and down my neck. The wait will be fun, but it’s not going to be easy. Amy Plum

I live in constant anticipation of good stuff. It’s not being Pollyanna about things, but most stories don’t have the ending we would give them right away. The better endings come later. Bob Goff

I was one of those goofy kids whose year narrowed down to focus on Christmas from about September on. I guess I was like Ralphie in A Christmas Story, in that I would get swept up into the anticipation of the holiday, watching the lights go up, hearing the songs in the stores, getting special Christmas issues of comics and all that. Paul Dini

Anticipating pain was like enduring it twice. Why not anticipate pleasure instead? Robin Hobb

Conscience is, in most men, an anticipation of the opinions of others. Henry Taylor

It is said there are flowers that bloom only once in a hundred years. Why should there not be some that bloom once in a thousand, in ten thousand years? Perhaps we never know about them simply because this once in a thousand years has come today. Zamyatin

Conscience in most men, is but the anticipation of the opinions of others. Jeremy Taylor

Her fingertips reached to trace the damage, but he grasped her hand with his own. He leaned down, far enough that the dark ends of his hair brushed feather light against her face, caught in her lashes. Kelly Creagh

The racing driver’s mind has to have the ability to have amazing anticipation, coordination, and reflex. Because of the speed the car goes. Emerson Fittipaldi

Whereas during those months of separation time had never gone quickly enough for their liking and they were wanting to speed its flight, now that they were in sight of the town they would have liked to slow it down and hold each moment in suspense, once the breaks went on and the train was entering the station. For the sensation, confused perhaps, but none the less poingant for that, of all those days and weeks and months of life lost to their love made them vaguely feel they were entitled to some compensation; this present hour of joy should run at half the speed of those long hours of waiting. Albert Camus

For most Americans, Friday afternoons are filled with positive anticipation of the weekend. In Washington, it’s where government officials dump stories they want to bury. Good news gets dropped on Monday so bureaucrats can talk about it all week. John Sununu

It’s as if I’ve stepped off the edge of a cliff, and even though my heart’s in my mouth and my stomach is in knots, I’m the most excited I’ve ever been in my life. I’m totally enthralled by him. I want him, every part of him, and I desperately want him to feel the same way about me. Serena Grey

The meshing of the brands is great. I think it brings excitement. It brings anticipation of not knowing who’s going to be on Monday Night Raw or on Tuesday Night SmackDown so I think it’s really awesome. Mandy Rose

Any design, whether it’s for a ship or an airplane, must be done in anticipation of potential failures. Henry Petroski

Suddenly, I was just sure he was going to kiss me. He was there, I could feel his breath, the ground solid beneath us. But then something crossed his face, a thought, a hesitation, and he shifted slightly. Not now. Not yet. It was something I’d done so often weighing what I could afford to risk, right at that moment that I recognized it instantly. It was like looking in a mirror. Sarah Dessen

In many cases your imagination is much more effective than what can be shown. It primes you to know something is about to happen the anticipation and anxiety is worse than what ends up happening. Oren Peli

When I think something nice is going to happen I seem to fly right up on the wings of anticipation; and then the first thing I realize I drop down to earth with a thud. But really, Marilla, the flying part is glorious as long as it lasts it’s like soaring through a sunset. I think it almost pays for the thud. L.M. Montgomery

Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil. Aristotle

Your strength as a rationalist is your ability to be more confused by fiction than by reality. If you are equally good at explaining any outcome, you have zero knowledge. Eliezer Yudkowsky

Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences. Norman Cousins

We need the sweet pain of anticipation to tell us we are really alive. Albert Camus

An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality; our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing. Samuel Smiles

Some part of me can’t wait to see what life’s going to come up with next! Anticipation without the usual anxiety. And underneath it all is the feeling that we both belong here, just as we are, right now. Alexander Shulgin

A fashion show is like a 10 minute play, but there’s all this anticipation; Everyone arriving, finding their seats, then there’s 10 minutes of people walking past and clothes and music, then the whole thing is finished. Felicity Jones

The moment seemed endless, but it was probably only half that. Steve Toltz

He who matures early lives in anticipation. Theodor W. Adorno

The best people are always the worst. They drive everyone mad by being so good at second guessing everything bad. Criss Jami

Such is the state of life, that none are happy but by the anticipation of change the change itself is nothing; when we have made it, the next wish is to change again. Samuel Johnson

Remember the botched brothel visit in L’Education sentimentale and remember its lesson. Do not participate happiness lies in the imagination, not the act. Pleasure is found first in anticipation, later in memory. Julian Barnes

I never think about my age very much. I’ve always lived my life the same way, full of excitement and anticipation of wonderful things and the knowledge that some not so wonderful things come with it. Joel Grey

It was an image Melody would never forget. Or was it the emotions the image conjured hope, excitement, and fear of the unknown, all three tightly braided together, creating a fourth emotion that was impossible to define. She was getting a second chance at happiness and it tickled like swallowing fifty fuzzy caterpillars. Lisi Harrison

I don’t know if pressure is the right word but I enjoy the anticipation and the hype for people either wanting to see me win or lose, it really doesn’t matter to me, as long as they’re watching that fight. I really enjoy all the feelings that come with building up a fight. Sean O’Malley

I wanted to preserve this moment, this slice of time when the night was cool and bright with reflected moonlight and the possibility of a kiss hung between us, full of unspent promise. Every event in my life after this would be different because I would have been kissed. Alex Flinn

Horror by definition is the emotion of pure revulsion. Terror of the same standard, is that of fearful anticipation. Dario Argento

People do this a lot. They don’t seem to realise that the future is just like now, but in a little while, so they say they’re going to do things in anticipation of some kind of seismic shift in their worldview that never actually materialises. But everything’s not going to be made of leather, the world won’t stink of sherbet. Tomorrow is not some mythical kingdom where you’ll grow butterfly wings and be able to talk to animals you’ll basically feel pretty much the same way you do at the moment. Russell Brand

If I had to live my life in anticipation of what others thought of me, little would get done. Henry Rollins

Clouds out of control decoct anticipation. What use can any of us have for two moons? The miracle of order has run out and I am left in an unmiraculous city where anything may happen. Samuel R. Delany

I can look at the future with anticipation. And it’s comforting to know that someday, as Christians, we’ll be able to look back and have a little more clarity on why certain things in life happened. Amy Grant

At night the cries of cats making love or fighting, their caterwauling in the dark, told us that the world was pure emotion, flung back and forth among its creatures, the agony of the one eyed Siamese no different from that of the Lisbon girls, and even the trees plunged in feeling. Jeffrey Eugenides

As a mother, May always reminds me of the end of the school year and the excitement, uncertainty, anticipation, and accomplishment that my girls experienced. This season marks milestones for our children as they move into new phases in their lives. Cynthia Germanotta

But anyone who is practically acquainted with scientific work is aware that those who refuse to go beyond fact, rarely get as far as fact; and anyone who has studied the history of science knows that almost every great step therein has been made by the anticipation of Nature that is, by the invention of hypotheses, which, though verifiable, often had very little foundation to start with. Thomas Henry Huxley

You can be taught so much, but the sense of anticipation cannot be taught. Paulie Malignaggi

It is never ridicule, but a compliment, that knocks a philosopher off his feet. He is already positioned for every possible counter attack, counter argument, and retort only to find a big bear hug coming his way. Criss Jami

Anticipation is sometimes more exciting than actual events. Ana Monnar

Now, they hold the World Cup every year, so it’s like any Super Series. It’s boring. To me, it’s very boring. I think the players will always attend the World Cup. But for the fans, and also for most players, the Olympics and Asian Games will become more important. Nobody will look forward to the World Cup with anticipation. Taufik Hidayat

The possibilities of another person. Is there any anticipation on this earth quite like that one? Is there anything lonelier than being without it? Mitch Albom

Broadway has a lot more razzle dazzle than the West End. In terms of the everyday work routine, it’s not different, but there’s a cachet about Broadway that lends itself to more anticipation among audiences. Richard McCabe

You ask how it is possible to be your own father and son. You should seek answers, although it is better to anticipate some, to be the light and dream. Dejan Stojanovic

Inherently, making a movie is tough because there’s so much anticipation when it happens even if everything goes well. Josh Peck

Anticipating sorrow to neutralize sorrow that’s paltry, cowardly stuff, I told myself, knowing I was an ace practitioner of the craft. André Aciman

I love the first hour of a horror movie, the fear and anticipation. Then, when it gets bloody, I lose interest. Sean Durkin

Fear, the greatest of which, builds with anticipation and plunders the rational mind of all reason, swallows all common sense. Tan Van Huizen

At any rate, I can only see such a success having positive effects for everyone, particularly as our anticipation of the World cup would only increase further. Franz Beckenbauer

Why is it that when you’re expecting something to happen it never does and when it’s the last thing on your mind, that’s when it happens? Melanie Cantor

A poem with grandly conceived and executed stanzas, such as one of Keats’s odes, should be like an enfilade of rooms in a palace one proceeds, with eager anticipation, from room to room. James Fenton

We are gradually heading towards an intelligence explosion. We can expect it to happen much sooner than anticipated. Are we ready for it? Sukant Ratnakar

When I was little I always thought I was marked out, special, on the verge of something momentous. I used to tingle with anticipation. Felicity Kendal

Greed makes me wet the bed in anticipation. Anthony T. Hincks

People don’t realize that now is all there ever is; there is no past or future except as memory or anticipation in your mind. Eckhart Tolle

Live with great expectation and positive anticipation of what you want and what you hope to gain. Cathy Burnham Martin

I look forward to death with great anticipation, to meeting God face to face. Billy Graham

What I’ve learned, Uncle, in a life you despise, is that everything we do has more than one consequence, and half those or more we never anticipate. Elizabeth Moon

Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

If you anticipate punishment and do not receive it, you will have suffered nonetheless; however, expect punishment and you will suffer twice; once in anticipation and second, when it’s delivered. RJ Intindola

A great source of calamity lies in regret and anticipation; therefore a person is wise who thinks of the present alone, regardless of the past or future. Oliver Goldsmith

The years of waiting for each other offered an anticipation factor still in an immensely high status. At these moments, there was no one else in the world but the two of them and their hearts were bonding for eternity. D.S. Mixell

Long intros are cool because there’s a little bit of anticipation, you know? Miranda Lambert

She has the feeling already that she will remember this night for a long time. But she feels this way often, a certain simmering. It is a habit of thinking she shares with her father every ordinary moment holds a potential calamity, and you cannot know when one will rise. Karen Thompson Walker

I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending. Fred Rogers

Daniel had a sense, then, of them all standing on a jetty, looking out over a freezing lake, knowing they needed to jump and putting it off for as long as they could. Sharon Bolton

Thrills are much more about anticipation than action. An unfired bullet is more dangerous than one that has already met its target. Ashwin Sanghi

Anticipation whispers through the trees, like an indrawn breath. Urging me on. Holly Black

When you get close to race day, there’s that anticipation and excitement it’s the same whatever level you’re running at because the marathon is like a festival. Paula Radcliffe

The preparation for something worse is typically the very thing that makes it exactly that. Craig D. Lounsbrough

When people come to a race, part of it is the anticipation What is he going to do? Usain Bolt

Our worst fears lie in anticipation. Don Draper

Our thinking and our behaviour are always in anticipation of a response. It is therefore fear based. Deepak Chopra

I can hear your heart beating, one after the other like dancing rain on a dark, silent night. Aisha Chaudhary

There is no more respected or influential forum in the field of journalism than the New York Times. I look forward, with great anticipation, to contributing to its op ed page. Ted Koppel

Ever since those days this has been the attitude with which I have always confronted life from things too much waited for, too much embellished with anticipatory daydreams, there is in the end nothing I can do but run away. Yukio Mishima

I get a real buzz going into a stadium, a full house, the anticipation of how the game is going to pan out. Graeme Souness

They believe they know before the music does what their hands, their feet are to do, but that illusion is the music’s secret drive the control it tricks them into believing is theirs; the anticipation it anticipates. Toni Morrison

Look, in my life, I played one World Cup the greatest thing. I used to wait in anticipation for the squad announcement. I didn’t go to Argentina 78 having played throughout qualification. Now, that hurt. Fabio Capello

This morning, the birds were singing before the sun came up. And in thinking about that, it amazed me that they would readily sing into the darkness without demanding that the light show itself first. Craig D. Lounsbrough

When fans showed up at Candlestick, there was a great sense of anticipation that they would watch not only winning football, but also artistry. Our offense was that sublime. Steve Young

In waiting I learn to live with the anticipations of loss. Jill Alexander Essbaum

There’s more anticipation, there’s more forgiveness once you prove yourself to the fans. Tommaso Ciampa

The future belongs to those who anticipate it. Baptiste Tricoire

Living with very limited expectations is a much more immediate way of living. You really do just make the best of everything you have. I guess kids have that ability; they wait in joyful anticipation of something rather than that sense of entitlement. Natascha McElhone

No, there was nothing more to be done. They had tried not to go over the precipice, but perhaps the fall was inevitable. And it comforted her to think that the future was certainly inevitable; cause and effect would go jangling forward to some goal doubtless, but to none that she could imagine. At such moments the soul retires within, to float upon the bosom of a deeper stream, and has communion with the dead, and sees the world’s glory not diminished, but different in kind to what she has supposed. She alters her focus until trivial things are blurred. Margaret had been tending this way all the winter. Leonard’s death brought her to the goal. Alas! that Henry should fade away as reality emerged, and only her love for him should remain clear, stamped with his image like the cameos we rescue out of dreams. E.M. Forster

Miloslav Mecir best anticipation of any player in our generation for sure. The most flexible and then crazy good hands. He is the best player in the world to not have won a slam, for sure. No question in my mind. He should have won three or four. Mats Wilander

On this diet of expectation, he had fairly frenzied himself by the time he arrived. Iris Murdoch

As a child, I was bonkers for Christmas. The entire month of December, I couldn’t sleep at night from anticipation. Rosecrans Baldwin

Knowing that she would hate him long and well filled her with pleasant anticipation, like when you know you are going to fall in love with someone and you wait for the happy signs. Toni Morrison

Anticipation of movement, through muscular innervation and memory, by its retention of nerve impulse images, extend the present to the limit of a second or so. John Desmond Bernal

Maybe sometimes we should just sit, and in the sitting understand that life speaks in stillness and therefore on occasion we would be wise to join it there. Craig D. Lounsbrough

In my view, a political vision is not a grab bag of discrete problems and solutions. It is the visionary anticipation of a direction. Roberto Unger

Ducane knew that Willy had looked forward to this visit. He knew too that the visit was rendering Willy unspeakably miserable. Iris Murdoch

I always start tours with a great deal of anticipation. Henry Rollins

On that morning, the first rays of a rising sun skipped across the tips of the forested canopy as if to tickle them awake in the anticipation of a day rising. And I will tell you, sitting with God each morning has never ceased to tickle me awake in the exact same way. Craig D. Lounsbrough

All my records feel like a diary of the time and headspace they were made in and Black Sands documents this in real time for me. A transition of falling in love with beatmaking again. An appreciation of a place and time and an anticipation for what was going to happen next. Bonobo